Powering Higher Education Fundraising and Philanthropy


Longer campaigns, higher expectations, mega gifts, rising goals, decreasing numbers of donors—that’s the fundraising reality today. This means that every institution must have a strong and compelling case for philanthropic support backed by a well-resourced and efficient advancement team—and engaged and inspired donors.


Our Higher Ed Fundraising Consultants are Committed to Your Success

For over 40 years, BWF has partnered with colleges and universities and their advancement teams to achieve fundraising success—and even make history. Our clients range from R1 institutions to mid-major universities and liberal arts colleges, and our services include:

  • Developing fundraising strategies
  • Planning and executing successful campaigns
  • Conducting alumni surveys
  • Crafting alumni engagement strategies
  • Launching giving days
  • Producing targeted and impactful communications

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Client Spotlights

“It isn’t enough for a consultant to come to campus to ‘impart knowledge.’ The consultant has to listen to the unique needs of the client and tailor counsel to address the individual challenges that are present. We have that with BWF and appreciate the value they bring to our efforts to conduct a successful capital campaign.”

Bob Pierce
Vice President for Advancement
University of Alabama
University of Alabama

“Our collaboration with BWF meant that during an extreme time of uncertainty, we had a team of colleagues and fundraising experts ready and waiting to assist. Andy understood what we needed and the questions we had to answer, and he delivered beyond our expectations. The amazing group of experts at BWF will work with you as if they are an extension of your staff.”

Cheryl Ann Cerny
Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations and Campaign Director
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

“BWF has been a great resource and voice when working with our board of directors and campaign committee, bringing an outside perspective and educating us on pitfalls we may encounter and where we are excelling compared to our peers.”

DeAnna Carlson Zink
University of North Dakota
University of North Dakota

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BWF is a full-service philanthropic consulting and services firm. BWF serves nonprofits in the areas of campaign management, high-net-worth fundraising, organizational consulting, data science, strategic communications, digital marketing, and technology. Clients include universities, health systems, arts & culture organizations, and NGOs throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. As a truly comprehensive fundraising consulting firm, BWF has a team of consultants with extensive background and experience in every facet of philanthropy.